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Find details about watering restrictions in your area.
Find information and tips for saving water indoors and outdoors, such as locating and fixing leaks and practicing efficient irrigation and lawn maintenance.
Search a database of plants and find tips to help make your landscape waterwise.
Find out exactly how much water you use in and outside your home with this interactive survey and report.
Get details on how you can save water inside and outside of your home or business through this voluntary certification program.
Learn how wastewater can be safely used so that fresh groundwater can be preserved for essential uses such as drinking, cooking and bathing.
Learn about District technical assistance on water conservation activities.
Water conservation education materials are available to assist utilities and local governments to help inform the public on ways to save water. Find a list of available items.
Visit the water conservation information clearing house.
See links to information from other agencies and groups for tips on conserving water.
Conservation important to Florida’s water supply
Florida is surrounded on three sides by water, and has thousands of lakes, and many streams and rivers. With all of this water, many people may not realize there is a need to conserve. Although it may appear that Florida has plentiful water, not all of that water is fresh and readily available for drinking or other uses. In addition, Florida’s weather is fickle — long periods of wet weather may be followed by long periods of dry weather.
Water conservation is receiving increased attention, whether brought on by a growing population, climate change or through general water supply discussions. While others are just now bringing water conservation to the forefront, the St. Johns River Water Management District has been committed to water conservation for many years.
At the core of the District’s mission is protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water resources, both belowground in the Floridan aquifer system and aboveground in our rivers, lakes and streams.
New strategies and technologies are needed to meet future water supply needs. Water conservation is the cornerstone of Florida’s water sustainability. The District believes that conservation is a critical strategy in meeting the current and future water supply needs of our state.
The District currently has active and ongoing water conservation programs. As part of its consumptive use permitting process, the District requires all permit holders to use water as efficiently as possible. Water supply utilities are required to implement conservation rate structures, perform water audits to ensure system efficiency and develop programs for the use of reclaimed water.
Industry, agriculture and recreational users, such as golf courses, must use reclaimed water or storm water for irrigation where feasible and implement additional rigorous water conservation measures. Agricultural water users must demonstrate water conservation techniques by upgrading to more efficient irrigation systems and implementing best management practices. Golf courses are required to reduce the amount of acreage irrigated, install irrigation systems that reduce the volume of water used, and install soil moisture and rain sensors.
The greatest water savings can be realized outdoors. More than half of residential water is used on lawns and landscapes. The District’s consumptive use permitting program regulates lawn and landscape irrigation for homes and businesses regardless of whether water is supplied by a water utility or a private well. Year-round watering restrictions are in place to ensure that water used for irrigation is used efficiently.
In addition, the District’s educational programs that promote water conservation include the Florida Water StarSM program that focuses on water efficiency in residential and commercial developments, and programs for youth, including The Great Water OdysseySM, a multidisciplinary computer curricula that introduces students to the world of water through science, history, geography, social studies, reading and math.
The District has enhanced its water conservation efforts through the Water Conservation and Demand Management Program that seeks more aggressive water conservation measures than have previously been implemented.